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Director:
Writers:
Fran Walsh (screenplay) and
Peter Jackson (screenplay)
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Release Date:
14 October 1994 (New Zealand) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The true story of a crime that shocked a nation. See more »
Plot:
Two girls have an intense fantasy life; their parents, concerned the fantasy is too intense, separate them, and the girls take revenge. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 17 wins & 8 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Looming Darkness. See more (254 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Melanie Lynskey ... Pauline Parker

Kate Winslet ... Juliet Hulme
Sarah Peirse ... Honora Parker Rieper
Diana Kent ... Hilda Hulme
Clive Merrison ... Dr. Henry Hulme
Simon O'Connor ... Herbert Rieper

Jed Brophy ... John / Nicholas

Peter Elliott ... Bill Perry
Gilbert Goldie ... Dr. Bennett
Geoffrey Heath ... Rev. Norris
Kirsti Ferry ... Wendy
Ben Skjellerup ... Jonathan Hulme
Darien Takle ... Miss Stewart
Elizabeth Moody ... Miss Waller
Liz Mullane ... Mrs. Collins
Moreen Eason ... Mrs. Stevens
Pearl Carpenter ... Mrs. Zwartz
Lou Dobson ... Grandma Parker
Jesse Griffin ... Laurie
Glen Drake ... Steve
Nic Farra ... Boarder (as Nick Farra)
Chris Clarkson ... Boarder
Ray Henwood ... Professor
John Nicoll ... Professor
Michael Maxwell ... Professor (as Mike Maxwell)
Raewyn Pelham ... Laura
Toni Jones ... Agnes Ritchie
Glenys Lloyd-Smith ... Miss Digby
Wendy Watson ... Mrs. Bennett
Jean Guérin ... Orson Welles
Stephen Reilly ... Mario Lanza
Andrea Sanders ... Diello

Ben Fransham ... Charles
Jessica Bradley ... Pauline 5 Years
Alex Shirtcliffe-Scott ... Juliet 5 Years
Barry Thomson ... Farmer / Policeman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kylie Cushman ... Student - Class 3a (uncredited)

Peter Jackson ... Bum Outside Theater (uncredited)

Directed by
Peter Jackson 
 
Writing credits
Fran Walsh (screenplay) (as Frances Walsh) and
Peter Jackson (screenplay)

Produced by
Jim Booth .... producer
Bridget Bourke .... line producer
Hanno Huth .... executive producer
Peter Jackson .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Peter Dasent 
 
Cinematography by
Alun Bollinger 
 
Film Editing by
Jamie Selkirk 
 
Production Design by
Grant Major 
 
Art Direction by
Jill Cormack 
 
Costume Design by
Ngila Dickson 
 
Makeup Department
Marjory Hamlin .... makeup supervisor
Cheryl Newton .... wig maker
Debbie Watson .... hair stylist
Debbie Watson .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Honor Byrne .... production manager
Jamie Selkirk .... post-production supervisor
Graham Thompson .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carolynne Cunningham .... first assistant director
Andrew Hampton .... trainee assistant director
Emma Johns .... third assistant director
Phee Phanshall .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Meryl Cronin .... property buyer
Meryl Cronin .... set dresser
Brendan Devlin .... set painter
Sue Franks .... assistant set decorator
Jacqueline Gavin .... assistant set decorator
Rob Gordon .... sculptor
Bev Hinchey .... stand-by props
James Johnston .... sculptor
Erana Kennedy .... assistant set decorator
Nigel Thomas Kerr .... stand-by carpenter
Ian McDonald .... scenic artist
Mac McDonald .... carpenter
Mark McEntyre .... set painter
Joyce Palmer .... art department runner
Maurice Quin .... sculptor
Jovanka Rarm .... assistant set decorator
Christian Rivers .... storyboard artist
David Turner .... assistant art director
Ken Turner .... construction manager
Ron Turner .... carpenter
Bodhi Vincent .... sculptor
 
Sound Department
Greg Bell .... sound editor
John Boswell .... assistant sound mixer
Michael Hedges .... sound mixer
Mike Hopkins .... sound editor (as Michael Hopkins)
Michael Jones .... adr recordist
Michael Jones .... foley recordist
Axel Paton .... boom operator (as Alex Paton)
Hammond Peek .... sound recordist
Craig Tomlinson .... sound assistant
Hamiora Williams .... sound assistant
 
Special Effects by
Richard Taylor .... borovnian prosthetics and suite effects designer
Richard Taylor .... prosthetic effects
 
Visual Effects by
Alun Bollinger .... miniature shoot camera
Tim Haigh .... miniature shoot video assistant
Ian McCarroll .... miniature shoot grip
Warrick Peace .... miniature shoot gaffer
George Port .... digital effects operator
Brian Scadden .... opticals
Richard Taylor .... miniatures supervisor
Gerry Vasbenter .... miniature shoot camera assistant
 
Stunts
Nickey McCarthy .... stunt double: Pauline
Michael Wilson .... stunt double: Pauline
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Rick Allender .... additional Steadicam operator
T.K. Bedford .... gaffer
Joe Bollinger .... electrician
Solomon Bollinger .... electrician
Adam Clark .... camera trainee
James Creery .... additional grip
Gordon Fawcett .... additional lighting technician
Allen Guilford .... additional cinematographer
Graham Hall .... additional lighting technician
Linda Halle .... assistant grip
Sharon Hawke .... clapper loader
John Mahaffie .... Steadicam operator
John Mahaffie .... additional cinematographer
Bary McGuinn .... crane operator
Hamish McIntyre .... grip
Brett Mills .... electrician
Roger Norton .... electrician
Reiner Schoenbrum .... camera operator
Brendan Shadbolt .... electrician
Jeremy Tomkins .... grip trainee
Gerry Vasbenter .... focus puller
Steve White .... crane operator
Pierre Vinet .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Bryce Campbell .... casting assistant
John Hubbard .... casting: UK
Ros Hubbard .... casting: UK
Liz Mullane .... casting: New Zealand
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cushla Foley .... stand-by wardrobe assistant
Pauline Laws .... wardrobe supervisor
Jamie MacEwan .... wardrobe assistant: Auckland
Gavin McLean .... stand-by wardrobe
Lee-Ann Mercer .... wardrobe assistant
 
Editorial Department
Emma Haughton .... assistant editor
Lynne Seaman .... color grader
 
Music Department
Peter Dasent .... additional musician
Peter Dasent .... music producer
Chris Gough .... music supervisor
John Neill .... music mixer
John Neill .... music recordist
Peter Scholes .... conductor
Bob Young .... orchestrator
 
Other crew
Andrew Beattie .... minuature technician
James Bell .... additional prosthetics assistant
Nigel Black .... video diary
Lisa Chatfield .... production runner
Lynn-Maree Danzey .... continuity
Sean Foot .... prosthetics technician
Tim Haigh .... video split
Beryl Hampson .... machinist
Peter Hutchinson .... additional prosthetics assistant
Anna Hutchison .... production assistant
Amanda Jenkins .... video diary
Mandy Kingsbury .... minuature technician
Linda Klein-Nixon .... production assistant
Joe Kreyl .... additional prosthetics assistant
Martin Long .... location manager
Maida .... additional prosthetics assistant
Peter Martin Nelson .... legal services
Sarah Peirse .... acting coach
Maurice Quin .... prosthetics technician
Nicola Rodger .... additional prosthetics assistant
Tania Rodger .... foam technician
Tania Rodger .... prosthetics coordinator
Sue Rogers .... title designer
Merrin Ruck .... continuity trainee
Barry Scott .... rushes projectionist
Colin Sutherland .... caterer
Chantal Taylor .... additional prosthetics assistant
Bill Thomson .... prosthetics technician
Hugh Thomson .... additional prosthetics assistant
Grant Wallis .... minuature technician
Grant Wallis .... prosthetics technician
Geraldine Ward .... machinist
Jennifer Ward-Lealand .... acting coach
Jacqui Wood .... production coordinator
 
Thanks
Kathleen Bennett .... special thanks
Wayne Birmingham .... special thanks
Rosie Bolton .... special thanks
Richard Coop .... special thanks
Joan Earl .... special thanks
Otabuna Homestead .... special thanks
Jane Lodge .... special thanks
Shane Lodge .... special thanks
Harry Sinclair .... special thanks
Barbara Sweetman .... special thanks
Charles Sweetman .... special thanks
Barry Thomson .... special thanks
Hugh Young .... special thanks
 
Crew verified as complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Heavenly Creatures: The Uncut Version" - USA (longer version)
"Maiden's Prayer" - Japan (English title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for a chilling murder and some sexuality
Runtime:
99 min | USA:108 min (uncut version)
Language:
Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
A picture on the wall in Pauline's bedroom is a photograph of the real Juliet Hulme.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: In art class, Mrs. Collins says "...and decide who wants to model and who wants to draw." In a wide shot of the class, the long pole of a boom mic being slowly lowered is clearly reflected in the windows on the right side of the room.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
[Director Peter Jackson opens with the scene that should, logically, end the film: that is, the moments immediately following the murder. The girls Juliet and Pauline run screaming up the hill-path to the tea-house, sobbing and covered in blood. The scene is intercut with b&w visions of the two running across a ship deck to meet Dr. and Mrs. Hulme, whom they both refer to as their mother, as the first three exclamations of "Mummy!" demonstrate]
Juliet Hulme:Mummy!
Pauline Parker:Mummy!
Juliet Hulme:Mummmmy!
[the scene changes from the ship to the hilltop tea-house. The girls are screaming hysterically as the tea-house woman runs out to see what the noise is all about]
[...]
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Soundtrack:
Be My LoveSee more »

FAQ

What became of Pauline and Juliet after they were released from prison?
What became of Pauline's diary, and was it ever published?
What are the differences between the Theatrical Version and the Uncensored Version?
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33 out of 51 people found the following review useful.
Looming Darkness., 20 July 2002
Author: tfrizzell from United States

Based on a true story that took place in New Zealand in the mid-1950s, "Heavenly Creatures" is one of those films that seems tame at first glance, but is full of explosive devices. Co-writer/director Peter Jackson (of "The Lord of the Rings" fame) crafts a highly-disturbing motion picture about two teenaged girls (Melanie Lynsky and Kate Winslet, in the role that put her on the cinematic map) who have a highly potent relationship that is based on their love for literature and their love for a conjured-up fantasy world. Their intense friendship borders the line on a deep obsession as the two become inseparable. Their parents believe that lesbianism may be part of the partnership. Even though there are dream sequences and undertones aplenty to point to that, the girls' friendship does not go that way in real life. As others try to separate them for good, the girls come up with a devious plan to destroy who they feel is the major culprit (Lynskey's mother, played by Kirsti Ferry). The movie goes into a dark place and its somewhat sweet candy-coating tries to hide the fact that this was a truly major incident in a time and place where things like this just did not occur. Jackson was going for something like Peter Weir's equally disturbing "Picnic at Hanging Rock", but ends up creating a film that runs rings around that disappointing work. Jackson's smart direction just enhances a really intelligent Oscar-nominated screenplay. Kate Winslet does truly steal the show from Lynskey who was meant to be the real focal point of the production. A good film that would lead to even better works for the major players involved. 4 stars out of 5.

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